Monday, June 04, 2007

the search continues...

Due to the possibility of asbestos* in the property, we are continuing our search for a new home.

This may take a while so bare with us, it may be quite awhile before you are all invited to help us move (how exciting!) or paint (how thrilling!) or install new flooring (you know who you are.)

We'll keep you informed, we may even invite you just to visit (it could happen).

*Asbestos (a misapplication of Latin: asbestos "quicklime" from Greek ἄσβεστος: a, "not" and sbestos, "extinguishable") describes any of a group of minerals that can be fibrous, many of which are metamorphic and are hydrous magnesium silicates. These minerals, together with their occurrences, uses, and associated hazards, have been discussed in detail by Guthrie and Mossman (1993).

The name is derived for its historical use in lamp wicks; the resistance of asbestos to fire has long been exploited for a variety of purposes. Asbestos was used in fabrics such as Egyptian burial cloths and Charlemagne's tablecloth (which according to legend, he threw in a fire to clean). Asbestos occurs naturally in many forms (see below); it is mined from metamorphic rocks.

When asbestos is used for its resistance to fire or heat, the fibers are often mixed with cement or woven into fabric or mats. Asbestos is used in brake shoes and gaskets for its heat resistance, and in the past was used on electric oven and hotplate wiring for its electrical insulation at elevated temperature, and in buildings for its flame-retardant and insulating properties, tensile strength, flexibility, and resistance to chemicals. The inhalation of amphibole asbestos fibers, however, can cause a number of serious illnesses, including cancer. Many uses of asbestos are banned in multiple countries.

1 comment:

Lori D said...

Thanks for the update, especially for the Latin derivation. For years I have been wondering about the origin of the "isosbestic point" that I teach my students about. Now it makes sense - it's the point of _iso_ "uniform" + _sbestos_ "extinction".

Bummer about the house, though. We're with you in spirit. Hang tough, and regret not the mortgage ye don't have. Sign us OUTPRICED and HOMELESS in ILLINOIS